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JGBP35BEA2BB GE gas range broiler - weak flame with gas smell

johnhon

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JGBP35BEA2BB
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The oven in my gas range is working but the broiler has been acting up over the last month or so. When I turn the broiler on hi, the igniter glows within 10 seconds and stays on, but the gas flame is weak and sometimes is burning on only half of the burner tube, and the flame flutters a bit. There is also the smell of gas when the door is opened, and sometimes when the stove isn't on. I've sprayed down gas connections on the rear of the stove and haven't found any leaks. I've replaced the gas valve recently thinking that would fix it but it didn't. How should I go about checking other components? Thanks in advance.
 

rickgburton

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The igniter needs to draw 2.0 to 3.0 amps to open the valve. They get weak over time. Here's the part you need:
 

johnhon

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So, I bought the part you suggested and my broiler igniter goes on within 5 seconds but the broiler doesn't light at all now after waiting 3 minutes. No flame and the ignitor stays lit. So, now buy another part?
 

Jake

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Rick should be back soon.

Check your broil burner tube port holes, if they are clogged up or semi-clogged up it will cause this issue as well. Especially the burner port holes where the ignitor mounts close to the burner tube.

Use a wire brush to clean those burner port holes.

Jake
 

johnhon

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That's not the problem. I cleaned it thoroughly when I installed the igniter. I'll test the safety valve.
 

Jake

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Ok, then it has to be the oven safety valve, that's the only part left that would cause this problem.

Here's the oven safety valve for your model:
Oven Safety Valve WB19K14


Jake
 

johnhon

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I'm getting continuity at both the oven and broiler terminals. If I needed a safety valve, wouldn't I get a no continuity reading?
 

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Nope, because it can still pass the ohm test, but still fail mechanically.

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rickgburton

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broiler igniter goes on within 5 seconds but the broiler doesn't light at all now after waiting 3 minutes
It's was working correctly then just stopped? What's the amp draw from the igniter? Don't touch the igniter with your fingers. You have the round igniter so the amp draw should be 2-3 amps. Here's how to connect your meter:
C-Igniter Amps.jpg
 
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